Are Braces Only for a Pleasing to Look-At Smile?

There are many people who wonder why they should consider braces. After all, their smile may be a little crooked, but they don’t see anything wrong with keeping their teeth where they are. After all, braces are just there to make your smile look better, right? No, that is not the case. It is a pleasing side effect, but that is not the point behind getting braces. In fact, the health of your mouth could depend on you straightening your teeth if they are crooked enough. Why Consider Braces? The main reason for getting braces is to improve the overall health of your mouth. The truth is, when your teeth are crooked, there are gaps in your mouth where your toothbrush simply cannot get to as effectively. This could increase your chance of developing cavities, which...

Problems Caused by Missing Teeth

Even one missing tooth can lead to major oral problems. So, you have recently, or maybe not so recently, lost one of your teeth. It cracked on something, and broke in a way that was not salvageable. It should not be anything major you need to worry about, after all, it was just one tooth, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Even a single missing tooth can lead to a wide range of problems. It is important that you figure out a way to treat that missing tooth before it damages your entire mouth. The longer it is left, the more damage it has the potential to do. What Can One Missing Tooth Really Do? Many people think that just one little missing tooth will not do much, but that one tooth can have a domino effect. First, your teeth begin to shift because...

Kids & Toothpaste

How Much Toothpaste Do Kids Really Need? Every parent has gone through the battle of trying to get their child to brush their teeth properly. Some days the kids want to brush, while other days, they want to spit their toothpaste out and run the other direction. Thankfully, those phases typically pass quickly, and most kids really get into brushing their teeth in a short time. Making sure that you are brushing with children the right way can go a long way towards them accepting the process and it becoming something they do instead of something they dread. How to Properly Brush a Child’s Teeth First, you must understand the right amount of toothpaste when you want to brush your child’s teeth. The point of brushing is to try and brush for two minutes, without...

Baking Soda Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste can be difficult these days. One option that has become popular over the past few years is toothpaste containing baking soda. Some people prefer a healthier natural alternative to toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride toothpaste has been linked to strengthening enamel, but some people prefer to use toothpaste without it. There are toothpastes that contain baking soda and fluoride that can give you the whitening power as well as enamel protection. The Benefits of Baking Soda Toothpaste Although baking soda is thought to be too abrasive to some people, it has actually been used to clean teeth for 150 years. The FDA regulations require a toothpaste to be tested for its relative dentin abrasivity. This test requires the testing of...

Common Causes of Tooth Pain

The good news is that dental pain can happen for a variety of reasons and most are easily resolved when treated promptly and effectively. See here for a list of the most common causes of tooth pain and what should be done to resolve it. Tooth pain is not fun. Pain in our mouth can be debilitating and can make it difficult to go about our daily lives. Although some causes of tooth pain are more serious than others, it is important to find out what is causing your discomfort so t hat you can get back to your normal life. As well, it is important to discover the cause, as most dental issues do not resolve on their own without proper care and treatment. In  fact, many dental issues will only deteriorate over time. 1 – Tooth Decay It is no surprise that the most...

Saliva for Oral Health

When you think about dental health, it is not likely that you think about saliva as all that important. In fact, however, the saliva in your mouth affects your health and the health of your mouth and teeth significantly. Saliva is absolutely essential for a healthy mouth, gums, and teeth, as well as for your overall system. Your mouth constantly produces small amounts of saliva that enter the mouth through salivary glands inside your cheeks, under your tongue, and near your jawbone. Your salivary glands increase production when you eat or even just think about or smell food. The average person produces 2-4 pints of saliva daily. So what does this saliva do for your system and why is it important for oral health? Saliva and Oral Health Saliva is made up primarily...